What does V.S.O.P. mean for Cognac?
V.S.O.P. is an aging designation given to Cognacs, that means “Very Special Old Pale”. The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) is the governing body that monitors the production of Cognac to ensure that it meets all required standards. In 1983, the BNIC established designations with respect to classifying Cognacs by age. The designation V.S.O.P. applies to Cognacs in which the youngest eau-de-vie blended in the Cognac is not less than four years old.
Cognacs that undergo less aging are designated V.S. (Very Special) – Cognacs are those whose youngest eau-de-vie is at least two years old. Cognacs that undergo longer aging are designated X.O. (Extra Old) – Cognacs whose youngest eau-de-vie is at least six years old. On April 1, 2018, the X.O. designation will only apply to Cognacs whose youngest eau-de-vie is at least ten years old.
The aging designation is determined by the youngest eau-de-vie blended in the Cognac, not the oldest.
Hennessy Privilege V.S.O.P.
Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege was produced in 1818 at the request of The Prince of Wales and future King George IV of Great Britain and is the first such cognac to be designated “very special old pale”. Hennessy V.S.O.P. is now produced under Hennessy’s cellar master Renaud Fillioux du Gironde.
Hennessy V.S.O.P. is a blend of about 60 different eaux-de-vie made from Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies, Fins Bois, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne appellations that are aged four to fifteen years in French Limousin oak barrels.
Rémy Martin V.S.O.P.
Rémy Martin’s V.S.O.P. offering was first produced in 1927. blends eaux de-vie from the Grand Champagne (55%) and Petit Champagne (45%) growing crus in the cognac region. Rémy Martin’s V.S.O.P. is now made under the auspices of Rémy Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau.
Rémy Martin V.S.O.P. is a blend of 200 eaux-de vie aged 4-12 years in French Limousin oak barrels. This Cognac blends eaux de-vie from the Grand Champagne (55%) and Petit Champagne (45%) growing crus in the Cognac region. Ninety seven percent of the eaux-de-vie in Rémy Martin VSOP is distilled from Ugni Blanc grapes. Rémy Martin also adds a small percentage of eaux-de-vie distilled from Colombard and Folle Blanche grapes.
Courvoisier V.S.O.P. is currently crafted by Patrice Pinet, Courvoisier’s Master Blender.
Courvoisier V.S.O.P. is crafted from eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois, Grande and Petite Champagne growing crus. It is aged between eight and ten years in french oak from the Limousin forests in the vicinity of Cognac, France.
Martell V.S.O.P. is produced under the direction of Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud.
Martell V.S.O.P. Medaillon is crafted from eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois growing crus. It is aged between five to seven years in French Tronçais oak barrels.
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